Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Update: 9:12 P.M.

Dad's podiatrist came in this evening and looked at his foot again. He decided to schedule for I guess surgery tomorrow afternoon. I don't know if that's what it is classified under but that's what I'm calling it. They are going to go in and open up his toe to get a better look at the infection as well as clean it out/drain it. We won't know any more until after this happens. Dr. P said that Dad is going to have to sign a waiver to allow them to amputate the toe if they get in there and it needs to be done. That way they won't have to do two separate surgeries.

I'm going to head to work in the morning and hopefully get off in enough time to go see him before he goes into surgery.

Prayers are always appreciated.

Night

This is the day that the Lord has made...

We have had a busy week so far. Monday, my Dad had a doctors apt for an infection in his foot. I got a call yesterday around 12 saying that he was going to be admitted into the hospital. His second toe on his left foot is bright red. They admitted him into the new Clarian hospital in Lafayette. He has a private room, which is nice. He is in isolation right now but we are able to visit with him since the infection isn't airborne. He seems to be in good spirits. And continues to assure us that he is 'fine'. My Dad is a strong one!!! :o) Love him to pieces.

It turns out that he has a staph infection in his toe and it's not certain if it has traveled to his foot yet. There is a possibility that he might lose that toe. We aren't sure yet. His podiatrist won't be able to come in until later this afternoon.

We'd appreciate any extra prayers!!

I will update as we find out more.

More later...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Villages

Since we have been having trouble conceiving, we've been looking into other options out there(adoption/foster parenting)

Last night, B and I went to an information meeting at the Lafayette site for The Villages. We were both very nervous to go. We had been talking about it for a couple months but when the time came where I had to actually go...I got really scared.

We arrived at about 5:30. The meeting didn't start until 6, but you know me...we had to be early. I'm glad we got there when we did because that gave us some time to get in there and get settled before the other people got there. We walked in and met Jason. All I have to say is that as soon as we started talking to him, all my fears and nerves went away. He was very personable and easy to talk to.

{Shew..}

We filled out our first paperwork. We had to fill out the general information (names/address/employers/residents of our house) Then we had to complete a couple questions(why are we interested in The Villages? why do we feel that we would make good foster/adoptive parents?) This is a VERY emotional process for me. And I started to get a little teary eyed when I was writing our answers.

After we finished our paperwork, Jason started asking us some questions just to get to know us a little better. It turns out that his daughter is going to be attending the preschool at MHS next year and that he is a coach at JHS. Crazy because we both thought he looked really familiar. I've probably seen him around JHS.

{Anywho..}

There ended up being 7 of us at the meeting. Two of the other couples had children and I'm not sure about the other person because she had to leave early.

Jason explained to us all of the different options we would have.
*Foster Parenting
*Adoption
*Foster-to-Adopt

We are leaning towards the F2A program. We have to take 6 weeks of classes as well as have a home study done. The classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings. We start on July 6th I believe. Jason told us that in the classes we will cover a wide variety of topics. He says that some of the classes will be very emotional {oh boy}

I kind of feel like a weight is lifted off of my shoulders. I feel like I don't need to worry anymore. I know there is still a long road ahead of us but I feel like we have something great to look forward to. {grin} We've been praying about this for so long(years...) and I finally feel like we are getting some answers.

I couldn't ask for a better co-pilot on this new exciting journey that we are about to start. I love you babe!!!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Thoughts on Becoming a Mother"

I have longed and waited. I have cried and prayed.I have endured and planned over and over again. Like most things in life, the people who truly have appreciation are those who have struggled to attain their dreams.

I will notice everything about my child. I will take time to watch my child sleep, explore and discover. I will marvel at this miracle every day for the rest of my life. I will be happy when I wake in the middle of the night to the sound of my child, knowing that I can comfort, hold and feed him and that I am not waking to take another temperature, pop another pill, take another shot or cry tears of a broken dream. My dream will be crying for me.

I count myself lucky in this sense; that God has given me this insight, this special vision with which I will look upon my child that my friends will not see. Whether I parent a child I actually give birth to or a child that God leads me to, I will not be careless with my love. I will be a better mother for all that I have endured. I am a better wife, a better aunt, a better daughter, neighbor, friend and sister because I have known pain. I know disillusionment as I have been betrayed by my own body, I have been tried by fire and hell many never face, yet given time, I stood tall. I have prevailed. I have succeeded. I have won.

So now, when others hurt around me, I do not run from their pain in order to save myself discomfort. I see it, mourn it, and join them in theirs. I listen. And even though I cannot make it better, I can make it less lonely. I have learned the immerse power of another hand holding tight to mine, of other eyes that moisten as they learn to accept the harsh truth and when life is beyond hard. I have learned a compassion that only comes with walking in those shoes.

I have learned to appreciate life.Yes, I will be a wonderful mother."

-Unknown

Monday, June 15, 2009

Summer...

I'd say we have had a good summer so far. We started it out by taking a trip to Wooster, OH to see my grandparents. Grandpa had just gotten out of the rehab center and was able to come home. So, it was perfect timing to go visit. We had a little party with family and a few friends to celebrate their anniversary and Grandpa's 87th Birthday. The day consisted of the girls going carpet shopping and the boys doing odd jobs around the house.

This past weekend we spend time with Aaron and Court on Friday night. It's always fun when the four of us can get together. It makes for late nights but it's ALWAYS worth it!! On Saturday we (Blaine, Aaron, and myself) headed to Indianapolis. Aaron's Dad was the Boys All Star team coach. It was very exciting to see him coach the team. Then we spent Sunday with Alex. The boys went to the gun and knife show in Lafayette Sunday morning, so I got the chance to sleep in. :o) They then came home to pick me up and we headed back into town to do a little shopping, check out where Alex is going to be living in August, and have dinner at Monicals.

The rest of the weekends in June are busy for us...with a Cubs game next weekend and our friend Shawn from high school is getting married the weekend after. Before you know it...it will be time for school to start again :(

July is a little more open for us but we still have some fun things planned already. A concert, trip to the water park, little get away to Gatlinburg!!


"Life is a coin. You can spend it anyway you wish, but you can only spend it once."